By Tammy Tkachuk
Thank you to Lou Steeves and the Grade 1 Teachers and Students at Barrhead Elementary School for including my in their “Aaron the Blue Heron Visits the Library” project. Using iPads, a group of students representing each of the Grade 1 classes, took pictures of Aaron the Blue Heron, Barrhead’s town mascot, as he visited the library. They then used these pictures, and the Book Creator App, to build their own books about Aaron.
When the books were finished, each of the children involved in the project received a printed copy of his or her books, and a copy was also placed in each classroom library. The books were also made available at ePubs so that students could share them with their families in iBooks or Kobo. Finally, each book was exported as a video file, allowing the students to share a video of their book with their classmates. It was a wonderful project. I can’t wait to see where Aaron the Blue Heron goes next!
By Cheryl Frose
Ever felt like you simply don’t have time to go through 25 journals or read 28 self-assessments or correct 30 worksheets? But you know you SHOULD do those things so that students get the feedback they need to keep moving forward in the learning. You don’t want to simply plow ahead and let the students slowly fall off behind you…
They have made this site very easy to use. Teachers sign up and create classes. Students sign in and join the teacher’s class by using a code, in the same manner as Google Classroom. Teachers can even make up ‘assignments’ and have students complete them without having a class. Watch How to Create Classes with Formative and Assigning Made Easy.
Assignments may be created on the fly by simply typing in a question (MC, T/F, Typed Response, or Show Your Work). Alternatively, you can upload any Word doc, PDF file or image into Formative to use as a basis for the assessment. Essentially, Formative will make an image of each page and then allow you to insert response boxes anywhere on top of that image, where students will type/draw/select their responses. Watch Transform a PDF/Doc into a Digital Formative Assignment.
This is a tool with a LOT of potential. How will you use it?
by Christine Quong
This past PD Day I signed up for Google Education on Air. It was a free PD event which happened to fall on our PD day and then the next day which was Saturday. This was a perfect opportunity for me to hear from several educators who I follow on Twitter or read their blogs. Not only was this a free PD opportunity that I could join in on from the office, it was also interactive. While the sessions were live, you could post questions in the chat or follow the hashtag (#GoogleEduOnAir) on Twitter and connect with the other educators who were watching too. I had to step out for a meeting in the afternoon and Saturday I had a family BBQ to attend, but guess what? All the sessions were recorded for on-demand playback and links to resources are available so I can go back and look at these resources when I have time. I look forward to going back and watching Kasey Bell's session The best of both worlds: Google Apps for the iPad! and Jennie Magiera's session Moving beyond Genius Hour: empowering students all day. There was a wide range of sessions with various perspectives, topics and audiences in mind. Day 1 was more big picture ideas and keynotes. There were more sessions offered on Day 2 and these sessions were more practical in nature. If you did not have a chance to participate go check out the resources by clicking the picture below.
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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